George Washington University - Washington, DC | District of Columbia Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

George Washington University

School Summary
2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Large
Campus Housing:

About George Washington University

George Washington University is a four-year, private, coeducational institution of higher learning, which is known for its international business and political science programs. The university is located only four blocks from the White House in Washington D.C. The nation's capital offers a unique assortment of history, politics, and culture. The National Mall, Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorials offer history and civics, while the Smithsonian Museums present history, science, and art to visitors.

George Washington left fifty shares of the Potomac Company upon his death to create a university in the District of Columbia. The money was not quite enough and more had to be raised before the school could be built. It was finally constructed in 1821 as Columbian College. The name changed to George Washington University in 1904.

The fine arts degree program at George Washington gives students an education in various aspects of art including design. Students can take courses in ceramics, sculpture, architecture, drawing, painting, color, photography, digital imaging, digital illustration and printmaking, and mixed media. The location of George Washington University is very beneficial to students in the arts. D.C. has countless art museums, galleries, and performance art venues for inspiration and education.

The arts department also offers a program in interior design, which prepares students to create interiors for a variety of buildings. With this degree, students are ready to begin working in interior design or for earning a graduate degree.

Graduate students at George Washington can earn a master of fine arts degree in ceramics and sculpture, drawing and painting, new media, photography, and interior design. Each program is sixty credits and gives students a professional degree and the ability to work in the art field. The interior design program is located on the Mount Vernon campus.

The George Washington University financial aid office provides an assortment of aid possibilities to students in need. The university gives grants and scholarships to students based upon both need and merit. Federal loans and grants are also available. To be considered for this type of aid, students must complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). From this form, a student's eligibility for federal grants and loans is determined. These are based upon need.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits George Washington University. Many of the university's degree programs are further accredited by various professional associations.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,